Belonging, Being and Becoming
We believe that children have the right to feel a sense of belonging in a safe, secure, responsive and supportive learning environment. In building strong relationships with families and the community we ensure children feel connected to their world.
We recognise the significance of the here and now and the importance of each child’s need to experience a sense of being. Children need time to be, which encourages them to get to know themselves and others, to enjoy their time in care and to build upon social and emotional skills to meet challenges with confidence when they arise.
We understand that all children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. Through their experience’s children will learn and grow creating their own identities, becoming active members of society.
In partnership with families through high quality education and care we at Brookes Street Early Education:
• Respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners, the Turrbal and Jagera people, on whose land we build our learning community and Elders past, present and emerging
• View and uphold parents/guardians as both the primary care givers and their Child’s first teacher
• Welcome, respect and value the uniqueness and individuality of each Child and family
• Promote practices of cultural competence - embedding ways of being that reflect the values, traditions and cultures of our diverse families and community
• Foster relationships that are caring, open, collaborative, respectful which support and enhance a sense of belonging and connection with families, local and wider communities
• Actively encourage families to collaborate with educators about curriculum decision making; which includes supporting children’s individual routines, transitions, needs and interests
• Provide education and care in a unique, supportive, warm, welcoming, inclusive and responsive environment that supports children’s learning through play
• Deliver a flexible curriculum which is co-constructed by Educators, Children and families enabling learning though play whereby intentional and spontaneous teaching are fundamental for nurturing the whole Child(physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing)
• Empower Children to help nurture the environment and develop sustainable practices as global citizens
• Encourage Children to become independent, capable of making decisions and confident with positive behavioural guidance
• Have an ongoing commitment to reflective practice by knowledgeable and dedicated educators as we achieve improvement through reflection, evaluation and collaboration with all members of our learning community
• Value and advocate for Children’s rights and the importance of childhood
Extra Curricular Activities:
The Brookes Street Early Education curriculum allows each child to experience a world of creative engagement through movement, play and physical experiences. Our extracurricular programs are a key focus at Brookes Street Early Education and are conducted by specialist teachers and professionals that families expect from high quality early education. We are in partnership with leading artists, musicians and health/wellbeing experts. Brookes Street Early Education truly believes in teaching a holistic program to our children and all these extracurricular experiences are offered without any extra cost.
Artist in Residence
Our Artist in Residence has been working as a visual artist for over 20 years. Her creative practice spans sculpture, weaving, ceramics, lantern making and environmental Installations. She is fascinated by the intricate detail and tactile surface patterns found in organic forms. In her sculptural work she uses various textures to recreate the patterns of growth found in the natural environment.
Her sculptural Installations have featured in private and regional galleries throughout Australia and her site-specific sculptures have been exhibited in various outdoor locations including the SWELL Sculpture festival in Currumbin, Strand Ephemera in Townsville, Casuarina beach sculpture walk in NSW and Sculpture by the Sea in Noosa. Our artist has also completed artist residencies at Bundanon in NSW, Mt Coot-tha Botanic gardens in Brisbane and at the Lines in the sand festival on Stradbroke Island. She has taught art in schools and facilitated art workshops with students from early childhood through to high school.
Children are eager explorers – explorers with an intense desire and will to make sense of their world. Some of the most effective means they have for explaining things to themselves are drawing, painting, designing sculptures, working with clay. While using these materials to make their ideas visible, children are able to communicate their thoughts to others as well as to themselves.
A number of research studies have shown that children who have learned a second language at a young age demonstrate cognitive advantages, such as increased problem-solving skills and creativity. In our multicultural society, it is important to learn about different cultures, communities and understand similarities and differences. French is taught to the children and our teacher implements her lessons to take into account the current interest of the children following our play based curriculum. We read books, sing songs, learn numbers, the alphabet, colours and play games, just to name a few of our French experiences! The songs and materials used during our lessons will be shared with our families so they can be played and practiced at home too.
Yoga and Mindfulness Classes
Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration improves, and they learn how to relax. Yoga helps children to develop body awareness, regulate emotions, learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way, manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement, build concentration and increase their confidence and positive self-image.